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Harsh reality behind the TV scenes

Julia Molony


Working in a TV production company showed me how much class divide is exploited and how easily contestants hoping for a better life are manipulated

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Some of this year's Love Island contestants. Photo: Elisabeth Hoff

Some of this year's Love Island contestants. Photo: Elisabeth Hoff

Love Island winners Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Culculoglu (ITV/PA)

Love Island winners Davide Sanclimenti and Ekin-Su Culculoglu (ITV/PA)

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Some of this year's Love Island contestants. Photo: Elisabeth Hoff

Five years is an eternity in the world of reality television. For the winning contestant of a hugely successful show, it’s ample time for a career as an overnight celebrity to take off, blaze and then dramatically crash and burn. It’s enough time for a format to launch, become a national talking point and then grow stale.

It’s five years since Big Brother, the daddy of all reality TV formats, went off the air. The show was the flagship of its era. It dominated the pop cultural landscape — indeed, it defined it throughout the Noughties and much of the next decade.


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